Monday, 28 January 2013

Bronze Medal Win

I am going to tell you about this past weekend’s ski competition. I received a bronze medal in the mogul event on Friday. The first run I did a 360 off the medium kicker, and the second jump I performed the same trick. I got sixth place out of twenty-one competitors. In the moguls competition on Saturday, I did a twister spread for my first jump, then a 360 for my second jump. The medal I won was in the mogul event out of 26 people. In the park event on Sunday, I did a switch 180, (a backwards 180 rotation) and then did a 360 off the second jump. I came into the third jump, and did another 360 rotation, and 90 degree rotation onto a rail, and 90 off. I then landed switch, and came into the last jump and then did a switch 360 and landed backwards and finished the course. I also got sixth place in the park event out of 29. I did well in my ski competition, and tried really hard to put spins and tricks into my runs to get a good score.

~ Liam, Gr. 6

Monday, 21 January 2013

Just Imagine

From the first moment I heard about blind art I was intrigued and started imagining. Needless to say, after attending a panel discussion at the Kelowna Art Gallery and meeting five diverse, blind, visual artists first hand, I remain intrigued but also inspired. Wherever there’s a will, there’s a way, and where ever there’s an obstacle, there can always be found someone overcoming it. In two weeks I will be attending my first blind theatre performance. I’m so looking forward to it. There’s so much to learn.
 ~ Will

Monday, 14 January 2013

On the Farm

This year we visited my Grandpa's farm in Ontario. It is very quiet and peaceful there because it is far out in the country. In one of the barns is where a group of barn cats hangout. When we went to feed the cats we found four new kittens lying at the back of the barn. We picked them up and cradled them in our arms. In the picture here is the calico (the orange one) and the black/gray one. There were two grey ones, one calico and one kitten with orange patches AND black and grey. I think the calico was my favourite. Her eyes were the deepest ocean blue and had the most adorable little face, so curious and playful. (Reader, I am sorry that the picture does not show the kittens faces -they are so cute!) We wanted to bring our little Cally home with us, in fact, we wanted to bring all of them home. We had even gotten permission from Grandpa and Grandma. The only thing that stopped us was that our wonderful Granny at home has an allergy. I really feel sorry for Granny, she loves cats. When I grow up, I have already decided that I will have at least one cat. They are so magnificently wonderful.

~ Isabella, Gr. 4

Monday, 7 January 2013

New Opportunities

Each new year seems to bring with it new opportunities. Somehow that which has been before us all along appears different, more inviting. Not one for making resolutions because I feel each of us has the opportunity to improve each and every day, I cannot help but feel the wonder of starting fresh and new, even if it is a bit of an illusion. Regardless, the way we view things I’ve long believed is paramount, so I guess I will embrace the matter for what it is. May the opportunities, old and new, around you abound!

~ Will